The Maple River runs through Hidden River Golf & Casting Club in northern Michigan
BRUTUS, Mich. -- Hidden River Golf & Casting Club has become a valuable part of the family since Boyne USA Resorts took over its management three years ago.
Although it's located less than 10 miles from the Boyne Highlands Resort, it feels off the beaten path and provides an escape from traditional resort golf. The 7,101-yard course by Bruce Mathews III just feels different than Boyne's eight other courses.
A serene setting and a player-friendly routing keeps regulars coming back. The first three holes roam through the woods before opening up into a meadow. It's this unique spot where ponds and wetlands set up high drama for the next four holes, including two monster par 5s: the 549-yard fifth hole and the 636-yard seventh hole.
Three elevated tee shots -- on the par-3 ninth and 16th holes and the par-5 17th -- showcase the subtle movements of the land. The deck of the spectacular clubhouse overlooks the peaceful, meandering Maple River. If you look closely, a bunker next to the ninth green outlines the shape of a fish.
The club has earned a reputation for fine summer dining, especially on nights when live performers do the "Music on the Maple."
"It's a really cool spot if you know about us," Head Professional Jerry Roman said.
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